December 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- You can add all the apps in the world to that phone in the palm of your hand. But the device manufacturer still has more say over how your phone looks and works than you do. Some people in the tech community don't think it should be that way. "I am a big believer that if you buy one of these devices, you should have the freedom to do what you want with it," said Steve Kondik, co-founder of Cyanogen. Kondik, with co-founder Kirt McMaster, takes the open source code Google makes freely available to create CyanogenMod, an alternative to the Android software that manufacturers put on mobile devices that is itself built on Android.
October 14, 2013 |
People who follow the endless saga of doping in sports know there's one hard-and-fast rule: Any time a big name gets whacked, the quality of public debate on the issue plummets. That's certainly true of the case of Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the highest-profile pro athletes ever accused of doping. Given that the playoffs between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers feature two players tainted by scandal--Sunday's hero David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who copped in 2009 to testing positive for steroid use years earlier, and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who returned to the lineup in September after a 50-game suspension--it's timely to look again at doping in baseball, and what the league, the fans, and sportswriters get wrong about it. The A-Rod case puts it all in perspective.
October 4, 2013 |
Albert Pujols wasn't bluffing. The Angels slugger followed through on his threat of legal action, filing a defamation lawsuit Friday in Missouri against Jack Clark for his accusation that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs. In the suit, Pujols accuses Clark of disseminating "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods" about him, and says Clark's accusations were "an outrageous ploy to generate attention and ratings" for Clark's new sports-radio talk show. Clark, whose show began airing on WGNU in St. Louis early in August, based his accusation on conversations he said he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer.
August 1, 2013 |
This could be the drug-testing equivalent of a home run trot for Major League Baseball. More than a dozen players, including the game's active home run leader, Alex Rodriguez, reportedly are set to be suspended for violations of the sport's drug policy. The recent suspension of 2011 most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of this season has already won hearty applause by anti-doping leaders. MLB does a superior job in confronting performance-enhancing drugs compared to the nation's three other major pro sports leagues, anti-doping experts say. Baseball conducted more than 5,000 urine and blood drug tests last year, and has its own team of investigators to partner with law enforcement to pursue drug-violation leads like those in the Biogenesis case.
July 29, 2013 |
Sunday's baseball Hall of Fame induction without any recent players generated a pre-game conversation with Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly about where it goes on from here for players stained by the steroid era. “When you look at it, you want to know what you're voting on -- did he do it on his own ability?” Mattingly said. “It makes it tough. You really don't know. Even today, you watch guys play and one year to the next they're different players, so you say, 'What's going on?
July 23, 2013 |
There is a titillating chart accompanying this column that lists the actual winners of baseball's MVP and Cy Young awards if every phony winner who was busted for steroids was stripped of the prize. Ignore it. My editors wasted their time. The list is as worthless as a Ryan Braun promise ring. The reason is as obvious as Braun's lies. How can you insist a cheater give up an award to someone who also may have cheated? So goes the real shame in Braun's season-ending PED suspension from the Milwaukee Brewers this week.